Violinist Kevin Yu, a Herricks High School senior, will embark on an international tour this summer as the only Long Island student chosen for the 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Nationwide, 120 teen musicians, were accepted for the orchestra's inaugural season.
"I never expected to get in," said Yu, 17. "Violin is a pretty competitive instrument."
To be considered, he submitted a 10-minute recording of his performance of excerpts of works by Mozart and Mendelssohn. The orchestra, sponsored by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, will have a two-week training residency at SUNY Purchase before the tour, which will include stops in Washington, D.C., London, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Yu's achievements include being concertmaster of the string orchestra at the New York State School Music Association All-State Conference last fall and taking second in the Island Symphony Orchestra's 2012 Young Performers Competition. He also is a member of the New York Youth Symphony.
At Herricks he is a member of the mathletes team and Chinese Culture Club. He has volunteered the past two years to teach the district's younger kids at a summer music camp.